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March 2, 2012

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By Michele McKee Rachel McKee (left) and Amit Furman receive district-level recognition for their artwork submitted in the National PTA Reflections Program.

Can we include all three of these photos into the folder if possible? This story isn’t listed on the Newcastle budget yet, but it will be soon. Thanks!
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Begin forwarded message:
From: “Jeff & Michele McKee” Date: February 7, 2012 5:48:25 PM PST
Subject: Article Suggestion for March Newsletter

Article Suggestion:
On January 10, 2011, Amit Furman, Rachel McKee and Katrina Filer of Maywood Middle School were honored at the District Council level for art work they submitted for the National PTA Reflections Program Contest (more info at http://www.ptareflections.org/cs/about_reflections), a program offered across the country to inspire youth to express their creativity and talent.  These students created works of art for this yearâ??s contest theme, â??Diversity Meansâ?.  Their entries were selected to move on to the State Competition where they will be judged in Spokane in May for further consideration at the National level.  Two Liberty High School students, Kate Simmons and Kiera Stevens, were also chosen to compete at the State level. 
Additional article info: 
The 12 names of the students that went to the District level from Maywood are: Laurie Willoughby, Jyotsna Kuramkote, Katrina Filer, Taylor Kaszycki, Ben Poile, Rachel McKee, Amit Furman, Brittany Toombs, Mosiana Piutau, Sophia Lindstrom, Kelsie Gardner, Emily Chun.  The 3 students that moved on to State competition are: Amit Furman, Rachel McKee and Katrina Filer.
Attached you will find the following:
¨      A picture of Rachel McKee (left) and Amit Furman (right) after they received District level recognition for their art work
¨      A picture of Rachelâ??s artwork
¨      A picture of Amitâ??s artwork
Below are Rachel and Amitâ??s interpretation of what â??Diversity Meansâ? and how it relates to their art work.
Rachel â?? Together We Are One
My photo relates to the theme â??Diversity Meansâ?¦â? because I used people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds. I used these particular hands because diversity means variety. So, I used a variety of skin colors to show that we can all work together and lend a helping hand. Some people believe that if we look different, we are different. I believe we are all the same internally. My photo reflects a spectrum of colored skin holding each otherâ??s wrists to show that together we are one. I chose to put different colors in the background of the photo to reflect that the world is full of color.
Amit â?? Inner Colors
I first drew two contrasting colored hands joining at the thumbs to symbolize togetherness.  I also wanted to express that no matter what color you are, blue, red or purple that we are all born the same.  I painted one hand with cool colors and one hand in warm colors, keeping the background is in various skin tones.  The focus is on the contrasting colored hands to show that color shouldn’t matter.  Rather, we should focus on the color people are inside.  We can all make this world a better place if we looked past the shades we were born with and focused on our inner colors.  We can learn from each others inner differences by not judging from the outside in.

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